Covid Update

COVID-19 Update: 3rd March 2021

College Reopening

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week, we are pleased to confirm that Carlisle College will begin welcoming students back to College from Monday 15 March.

We’re really looking forward to being back together and we hope that this is good news for you too!

We are asking students to prepare to return to College in the week commencing Monday 15 March, following the timetable that was in place prior to Christmas although you will be contacted by your tutor only if this will differ. In the meantime, you should continue to engage with your online learning. To read our Remote Education Offer please click here.

Keeping You Safe

We want to reassure you that your safety remains our highest priority and we’re working hard to make sure that College remains a safe place to learn. This means that there will continue to be safety measures in place across College for the foreseeable future and we’ll also be inviting all students and staff to take part in our testing programme, which is an important part of keeping you safe. 

You MUST NOT attend College if you are displaying symptoms, or live with anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19.

If you, or someone you live with, is classed as extremely clinically vulnerable you do not need to return to College. Your tutor will provide you with details of how we will continue to support you until you are able to return.

Student Testing

As part of your return to College, you will be invited to take three Covid-19 tests. For your first test, you will be asked to attend College only for that test and then return home. To comply with social distancing, you will be invited via email, with a specified day and time slot to attend. You will not attend any classes in College on this day. If this test is negative, you can then return to College when your on-site timetabled lessons begin from 15 March. You will then complete another two tests in College on two following occasions whilst you are timetabled to be in.

Once you've completed your three tests in College, you'll then be given tests you can complete yourself at home. You'll be asked to do this twice each week and report your results back to us. Testing in this way helps us to identify people who may need to self-isolate and keep everyone in College safe.

To take part in testing it is important that you complete a consent form, a link to this has been sent directly to students. To speed up the testing process, please complete the consent form before your arrival.

Testing isn't mandatory but we do encourage you to sign up, as this will help create a safer environment for everybody.

All Carlisle College students have been contacted directly via email regarding reopening and Covid Testing in college and providing access to the consent form. For information purposes you can view these letters and further information below.

Letter to Students: click here
Letter to Parents: click here

Our Covid-19 Testing Privacy Statement can be viewed here

You can find answers to some of the most common questions in relation to mass testing in Colleges here.